At Woodcrest Village, our team strongly believes that no one position or person is more important than another. Without each individual contributing to our mission in a unique way, our community would not run as well as it does. Collectively, our team consists of licensed nurses, resident assistants, licensed nursing assistants, housekeepers, activity assistants, concierges, cooks, and dining room hostesses. The following individuals are the leaders in each of the departments at Woodcrest Village.
Bethany Brenner, Executive Director
Bethany has spent the last 27 years ‘growing up’ in this family-owned business. From washing dishes to resident care, there isn’t a position she hasn’t held. Her educational background includes a Master’s degree in Management from Brandeis University and an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in Health Management and Policy. She is responsible for the general operations of Woodcrest Village and works very closely with each department director to ensure complete resident satisfaction.
Sarah Dowsett, R.N., Health Services Director
Sarah Dowsett, RN took over the reins as Woodcrest Village’s Health Services Director on August 18. Sarah’s experience in nursing will be a great benefit to our community. She joins us from Sullivan County Healthcare where her responsibilities included training and education of staff on documentation and nursing practice, monitoring quality indicators and managing quality improvement projects, and the creation and maintenance of individualized care plans for residents. Prior to that she was a case manager for the Lake Sunapee VNA and Hospice. She worked as a hospice nurse in case management. Other experiences include staff nursing at local long term care facilities and working as a registered nurse on a medical surgical unit. She attended Ave Maria University in Ypsilanti, MI where she graduated with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Theology. Sarah went on to Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA to earn her nursing degree.
Sarah is thrilled to join Woodcrest, providing excellent care to residents and building on its outstanding reputation as the region’s premiere assisted living community.
Sara Sidway, Business Office Manager
Sara is responsible for the monthly billing and human resources at Woodcrest Village. Over the years, Sara has worked as a bookkeeper for local businesses including Marshall’s Garage, and Morgan Hill Bookstore. However, her fondest memories come from the years she worked in her family-run furniture business.
Sean Gillery, Director of Community Relations
Sean joins Woodcrest after nearly thirty years serving in leadership roles at not-for-profit organizations including New Hampshire Public Radio, Keene State College, and New Hampshire Audubon. “I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Woodcrest on a number of occasions over the years and have always been impressed by the kindness and professionalism of the entire staff. I am thrilled to be joining the team in service of our current and future residents.”
Doug McDaniel, Director of Food Service
Our Director of Food Service leads our culinary creations with an excellent staff of trained chefs along side of him. With a focus on farm to table and healthy selections, residents enjoy many nutritious and fresh dining options. Doug is a resident of Henniker and comes to Woodcrest Village well-seasoned with two different assisted living experiences – Benchmark Senior Living and Langdon Place of Exeter. Prior to that, he was an Executive Chef at various New Hampshire hotels, inns, and banquet facilities, and a Chef Manager for Compass Group, a large contract food service company.
Chris Howe, Director of Maintenance & Grounds
Chris is our ‘go-to and fix-it man’. While he’s here to oversee the repairs and maintenance of the building at large, his responsibilities also include the overall safety and well-being of our residents’ regulatory compliance, and oversight of the housekeeping and laundry departments. He brings excellence in general repair, new construction, light plumbing and electrical repair, project management, emergency management, service contracts, technology assistance, and security precautions.
Megan Loomis, Director of Activities
Megan come to us with many years of experience at The Clough Center and will start her journey at Woodcrest Village on Easter Sunday! Her enthusiasm and considerable experience make her a fabulous addition to our community. Megan develops and implements the Woodcrest Village monthly social calendar and plans the community events. “I live in Newbury NH with my family and enjoy hiking in the White Mountains and spending time on the lake kayaking and swimming. I’m very excited to join the Woodcrest team! Each year on Halloween the kids in the neighborhood love coming to visit Woodcrest. The Residents are so generous with their candy and always invite us in to warm up when it’s bitter cold outside. I remember Christmas caroling one year with Mrs. Lizotte’s second grade class and thinking to myself what a great place this would be to work. Needless to say, I’m delighted to begin this next chapter and look forward to meeting the Residents, families and staff.”
Vicky Chandler, Concierge
Vicky is the first face you see or first voice you hear when you visit or call Woodcrest Village. She is the glue that holds us all together and the point of contact for any questions or concerns. Originally from Fryburg, ME, Vicky is an excellent knitter, which has proven useful for our residents experiencing ‘dropped stitches’. Whether it’s a dropped stitch or a scheduled appointment, she is here to assist.
“Next best thing to being with family. It’s like being home. The people are compassionate. The staff really cares about us, not because they work here, but because they truly care.”